California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom Joins Leadership Team Organizing the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles
July 29, 2014
California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has been appointed Executive Chairman of the Leadership Committee for the largest sports-and-humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, the Special Olympics World Games.
California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has been appointed Executive Chairman of the Leadership Committee of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
"Gavin will be a tremendous asset to
this amazing event," said Rob Friedman, Chairman of the Board for
2015 Special Olympics World Games. "His relationships on both
a national and regional level will help expand awareness and tap
into needed resources in support of the efforts of these fine
athletes coming to Los Angeles next summer. We are all
thrilled to have him on the team."
The largest sports-and-humanitarian
event anywhere in the world in 2015, the Special Olympics World
Games will be held July 25 - August 2, 2015, featuring 25
Olympic-style athletic competitions in 27 venues throughout the Los
"I am inspired by the achievements
of the Special Olympics movement, and the personal dedication of
the Shriver family," said Newsom. "The World Games provides a stage
for over 7,000 accomplished athletes to pursue their passion, and
California has an incredible opportunity to expand and elevate this
work. I am honored to serve the thousands of individuals that will
benefit from this event."
Newsom will be the executive chair
of the Leadership Committee comprised of high-powered leaders from
the business, entertainment, sports and civic communities, and will
provide key strategic counsel and critical introductions to ensure
the needed resources for the Games. Additionally, the
Leadership Committee will be integral in putting forward the
profile of the Games and engaging as broad a support base as
possible. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle
Obama serve as Honorary Chairs of the World Games, while California
Governor Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti are
About Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015
With 7,000 athletes and 3,000
coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers
and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics
World Games - being staged in Los Angeles July 25 - August 2, 2015
- will be the largest sports-and-humanitarian event anywhere in the
world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since
the 1984 Olympic Games. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games,
with the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and
displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special
Olympics events, will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues
throughout the Los Angeles region. The Opening Ceremony, to
be held July 25, 2015 in the historic Los Angeles Memorial
Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is expected to
attract 80,000 spectators. On April 30, 2014, LA2015 and ESPN
announced a global programming deal that will see ESPN bring
coverage of World Games to millions of fans around the world.
Current Founding Champions sponsors include The Coca-Cola
Company, Mattel, Deloitte, Toyota, Kaiser Permanente, Davis Elen
Advertising, AEG, David Geffen, Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate
Capshaw, The Walt Disney Company, Knights of Columbus and Bank of
America. LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee, is a recognized
501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information on the 2015
Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship
opportunities, visit www.LA2015.org.
About Special Olympics
Special Olympics is a global
movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative
power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower
people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued
members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and
inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and
programming around health and education, Special Olympics is
fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Founded in
1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has
grown to more than 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries.
With the support of more than 1.3 million coaches and volunteers,
Special Olympics delivers 33 Olympic-type sports and more than
81,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Special
Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and partners,
including the Christmas Records Trust, the Law Enforcement Torch
Run for Special Olympics®, The Coca-Cola Company, The Walt Disney
Company and ESPN, Lions Clubs International, Mattel, P&G, Bank
of America, Essilor Vision Foundation, the B. Thomas Golisano
Foundation, Finish Line, The Safeway Foundation, and Safilo Group.
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